Mobile Internet Users To Hit 9.2b In Sub-Saharan Africa In 2019

Mobile technology and communication services provider Ericsson, on Tuesday, said that mobile internet usage would increase twice the global rate in sub-Saharan Africa by 2019. This was contained in the Ericsson Mobility Report made available to journalists in Lagos and signed by Kamar Abass, the company’s country manager.
Abass in the report said the number of users would skyrocket to 9.2 billion, adding that, 82.3 per cent of the populace would be mobile broadband.
He said that the Sub-Saharan African ongoing data revolution, with traffic growth, had doubled in the past year.

Abass also predicted 930 million mobile subscriptions in Sub-Saharan Africa by the end of 2019, with 557 million smart phone and 710 million broadband subscriptions
The country manager explained that the rise of social media, content-rich apps and video content accessed from a new range of cheaper smart phones had prompted the rise.

“Sub-Saharan Africa is currently undergoing a mobile digital revolution with consumers, networks and even media companies wakening up the possibilities of 3G and 4G technology. Read more

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Gartner:Tablets to overtake PCs by 2015

Tablet computers will outsell personal computers by 2015 globally in another sign of the shifting tech landscape, a survey showed.

A report by the research firm Gartner said that the shift comes despite a cooling of the tablet market in 2014 and some stability in PC sales, due to upgrades of aging devices.

The research firm said it expects total PC sales this year of 308 million units, with some growth in “ultramobiles” offsetting declines in traditional desktop and laptop purchases.

For 2014, PC sales will still hold a lead over tablets – with sales expected of 256 million units. But by 2015, tablet sales will hit 320 million to 316 million for PCs, it sales.

The prediction came in a report which said total device sales including PCs, tablets and mobile phones hit 2.4 billion units this year.

Gartner analysts said the tablet market is cooling a bit, with growth slowing to 23.9 percent this year, around half the pace of 2013. The PC market meanwhile is seeing relative stability – with a decline expected of 2.9 percent after a 9.5 percent drop last year.

Gartner analyst Ranjit Atwal said PC sales are being helped by upgrades and replacements of aging devices.

“This year, we anticipate nearly 60 million professional PC replacements in mature markets,” he said.

Sales of mobile phones are expected to reach 1.9 billion units in 2014, a 3.1 percent increase – with smartphones accounting for two-thirds of the total.

Taking into account all the devices, Google Android is expected to represent around half of all sales – 1.16 billion, Gartner said. Windows devices will account for 333 million while Apple’s iOS and MacOS will total 271 million, the report said. Read more

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Top 10: Africa’s mobile money lead, 5G, solar-powered schools, Eritrea’s internet snapshot, and more

A few themes from the past two weeks of news headlines are worth discussing in greater detail. Read more

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Digitisation To Enable Accelerated Growth In Africa – KPMG

Digitisation – migration from analogue to digital technology – will help to bridge the digital divide between emerging markets and developed economies, according to global financial services firm, KPMG.

KPMG stressed that as digitisation impacts the telecommunication and broadcasting sectors, enabling growth in both, it would also cause a ripple effect on growth in other sectors.

“In fact, it is estimated that digitisation will bring about a further drop in telecommunications carriage fees, and drive growth in ARPUs (average revenue per users), thereby increasing profitability and allowing content producers to focus on better material,” says Joseph Tegbe, Partner in Management Consulting Advisory, West Africa Lead – Technology, Media and Telecommunications at KPMG Nigeria. Read more

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